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Report: Israel to Reopen Gaza Border Crossing

Despite fear that three kidnapped youths will be moved to Hamas-enclave Gaza, PA says Israel promised to open Kerem Shalom Crossing.
By Ari Yashar
First Publish: 6/17/2014, 11:35 PM

Kerem Shalom Crossing
Kerem Shalom Crossing
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Israeli reportedly told the Palestinian Authority (PA) that it will re-open the Kerem Shalom Crossing to the Hamas-enclave of Gaza on Wednesday.

The news was relayed by Nathmi Mhanna, the head of the PA's "Department of Crossings," to the Judea and Samaria-based Arab Ma'an News Agency on Tuesday.

Mhanna said Israel would allow the entrance of all goods to Gaza. The crossing has been closed to all goods except for fuel for the last five days, since three Israeli teens were kidnapped by Hamas terrorists in Judea last Thursday.

The crossing was closed out of fear that the terrorists might abscond to the Hamas-stronghold of Gaza with the three abducted youths. From Gaza there is concern that the chances of rescuing the three would be greatly reduced, as demonstrated in the abduction of Gilad Shalit.

Despite the security reasons and the danger posed to the youths, the extreme leftist group Gisha ("Approach") released a statement on Tuesday, protesting the limitation on passage for Arabs to Gaza after the kidnapping.

Gisha wrote in a statement that while it denounces kidnappings of citizens and the firing of rockets on population centers, "by the same token, it's forbidden to harm civilian populations by limited the movement of people and goods."

The leftist group wrote that in addition to the Kerem Shalom Crossing, "traffic at the Erez Crossing is allowed only for the sick and foreigners leaving from Gaza."

The group called the closure of the passages "a directed attack on citizens in opposition to international law."